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* Despite all dynamics is the density of the competition in the gas market, but still significantly lower than on the electricity market, where customers can choose between an average of more than 90 vendors. Competitors in the Middle cheaper benefit currently financially almost 28 percent consumers from the rising variety at the gas significantly. In this context, the experts at toptarif.de have determined the current gas prices and savings in the 100 largest German cities. Therefore, 1,239 euro are due for a four-person pattern budget with an annual consumption of 20,000 kWh gas in the best choice rates of the local basic utilities. For the cheapest competitors excluding prepayment models, however, when only 895 euro costs including averaging 344 euros.

For many consumers, the savings potential is but even higher. According to surveys of the Federal Association of energy and water management (BDEW) still three out of four households with gas supply in the expensive prices of basic services supplied. These are compared the cities even once around 150 euros more expensive, making the savings at a first switching on almost 500 euro rise. Through consumer portals as toptarif.de (www.toptarif.de/ gas) or free service hotline 0800-10 to 30-499 consumers quickly and easily inform themselves about alternatives in their region and free to switch to a cheaper gas provider. * See the monitoring report 2010 “Federal Network Agency-www.bundesnetzagentur.de/… toptarif.de is the independent consumer portal of the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, for all common tariffs in Germany. It currently includes the categories of electricity, gas, DSL, investments, and insurance for legal protection, furniture, residential, private liability, car, keepers liability and is constantly being added and updated. The consumer can thereby with minimal free checking, whether there are cheaper rates for him, and, where appropriate, immediately change. The complete service of change of is for the consumer completely free of charge and the customer receives about toptarif.de in any case the original conditions of the provider, in some cases even additional, not available from the provider themselves bonuses and discounts. Media contact: Nina Koch Tel.: + 49.30.2576205.19 Email: